Archive your video material with Archiware P5 Archive

P5 Archive lets you easily archive your valuable video and production assets. Quickly locate your data in the archive by searching with keywords and previews. Increase your ability to repurpose your media and allow high availability of your footage. The reduced workload of both your servers and your staff increases productivity and efficiency and simplifies workflows. The software secures data on disk or tape and is available for Mac, Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris.

Search assets by keyword

In addition to the default search parameters, you can add custom metadata to individualize your data storage. You can include categories such as time of day, lens or film location and thus locate and re-use your data more quickly and effectively.

Search assets with previews

P5 Archive has a direct integration with FFmpeg and ImageMagick and can create low resolution previews and proxies for all common video and audio formats. Since previews are stored on your primary storage, they are available anytime for browsing and searching.

Customized end user access

P5 Archive can create different login areas that ensure access to certain data for specified user groups. Different users can be granted access and restore rights only for “their” part of the archive. P5 uses a familiar “shopping cart” checkout scheme to allow users to restore their assets without IT (administrator) intervention.

The P5 Archive metadata and preview catalogue

Third party integrations

The integration with media asset management systems provides a solution for tape storage. LTO tape is the most reliable and economic long-term media currently on the market. Moving completed productions from expensive online storage to cheaper off-line storage pays off. Cloning tapes for off-site storage also increases the level of your data security.

Find more information about the integrations with MAM systems Primestream, Editshare Flow, KYNO, Projective StrawberryCatDV, FocalPoint Server, Cantemo Portal, eMAM, DALIM, PEAK-14 cavok, medialoopster, axle and KeyFlow.

An integration with MXF allows users to natively open and access a broad range of MXF variations without converting or referencing to the QuickTime movie format. This enables Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server and other solutions to work directly with native MXF media.

As of version 5.3, Archiware P5 Archive offers a direct integration with FFmpeg and ImageMagick for preview creation. The configuration of FFmpeg and ImageMagick can be done in the P5 Archive interface.

Transition to a digital archive

In the days when working with videotapes was still en vogue, there used to be one tape for one production. After finalizing one project, the tape would be put into a physical archive. With P5 Archive you can also get one LTO tape per production. This makes for an easy transition to a digital archive.

Each manually started archive job can write on a new LTO tape. This results in higher security for your data, writes a lot faster and gives you the familiar one tape/one production ratio. Within P5, go to the Archive Plan and in the Archive Options, select “Use new media”. This works with LTO single drives as well as with a tape libraries.

LTO Tape Video Capacity

The capacity of LTO tape makes it a very attractive for storing video material on it. Depending on codec and resolution one tape holds from ten to more than one hundred hours of video.

Hours of video on LTO-7 Tape with 6 TB native capacity

Codec Resolution GB/Hour Hours
AVC Intra100 1920x1080 (1080i25) 23,5 255
Avid DNxHD 1920x1080 (1080i25) 14,6 411
ProRes LT 1920x1080 (1080i25) 44,1 136
ProRes 422 HQ 1920x1080 (1080i25) 93,9 64
ProRes 4444 1920x1080 (1080i25) 140,4 43
XDCAM EX 1920x1080 (1080i25) 14,2 422
XDCAM HD 1920x1080 (1080i25) 19,8 303
DVCProHD 1920x1080 (1080i25) 49,6 121
HDV 1920x1080 (1080i25) 12,3 488


Codec Resolution GB/Hour Hours
AVC Intra 100 1920x1080 (1080p50) 94,9 63
Avid DNxHD 145 1920x1080 (1080p50) 109,9 54
ProRes LT 1920x1080 (1080p50) 87,1 69
ProRes 422 HQ 1920x1080 (1080p50) 186,8 32
ProRes 4444 1920x1080 (1080p50) 279,7 21
XDCAM EX 1920x1080 (1080p50) 27,3 220
XDCAM HD 1920x1080 (1080p50) 38,6 155
DVCProHD 1920x1080 (1080p50) 98,2 61
HDV 1920x1080 (1080p50) 12,3 488
Codec Resolution GB/Hour Hours
AVC Intra100 1280x720 (720p50) 46 130
Avid DNxHD 1280x720 (720p50) 13 461
ProRes LT 1280x720 (720p50) 44,1 136
ProRes 422 HQ 1280x720 (720p50) 93,9 64
ProRes 4444 1280x720 (720p50) 140,4 43
XDCAM EX 1280x720 (720p50) 12,7 472
XDCAM HD 1280x720 (720p50) 17,7 339
DVCProHD 1280x720 (720p50) 44,2 136
HDV 1280x720 (720p50) 9,6 625